Cup of Empowerment 7/09/12

By on July 9, 2012

Not every morning is calm, drinking a cup of tea, listening to the birds and feeling everything is going our way. Sometimes we receive news that is not in our plans and causes us to get distressed. How do we handle it?

If I put myself into Naomi’s place in the book of Ruth and my husband announces to me we are ‘sojourning’ or visiting Moab, I think I would have responded…”Are you kidding me? Even though there is a famine here in Bethlehem, Judah; we all know that Moab represents death and false god worship. We have a covenant with Jehovah God! What are you thinking? In fact, the Moabites sacrifice their children to these gods! Don’t you realize we have two sons? And you want to vacation in Moab?!”

God had a plan. He knew that Ruth would marry into Noami’s family and be widowed. God had chosen Ruth, a Moabite to be a part of the lineage of Judah through Boaz, the Redeemer. She being a widow and a stranger could open the door to the Gentiles! God establishes the borders or territory of the widow, and Ruth opened the borders of salvation to many of us! What a plan!

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Ruth had a servant’s heart and sowed love into Naomi’s life, which brought healing and restoration. Ruth followed Naomi’s mentoring and ended up making a covenant with the Kinsman Redeemer! She and Boaz had a son named Obed, which means “servant and worshiper.” Obed was the grandfather of King David, also a worshiper and one after the heart of God. Jesus Christ the Messiah came through this lineage and their “vacation in Moab,” and He became the ultimate Redeemer and Savior of the world!

Oh my, when things are not going as I would have planned, I choose to count it all joy and trust Him anyway! The Lord says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa 55:9)

He continues in verse 13, “Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Instead of a worthless thorn, our situations can become a cypress tree. Cypress wood is used in the temple and for instruments of worship! And instead of an ugly brier, God calls it forth to be a myrtle tree, which has beautiful long lasting flowers!

His plans are greater and higher! Let’s get above the storm and the ugliness of the situation and see as God sees. Once Naomi shifted out of her complaints and into gratitude, she was able to enjoy the plan and the vacation!

Resting in Him,


P.S. Would you like to learn more about this story? Consider purchasing our DVD or CD teaching of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NAOMI.

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About CarolMarie Smith

CarolMarie is an international speaker and writer, she inspires audiences worldwide to bring widows into their place of power. She is the co-author of the "Widows Ministry Leadership Training" manual that has been translated into six languages and used around the world. The teachings and revelations lift off hopelessness and move the widow into their unique place of purpose as well as help leaders and ministries move into a place of greater power and blessing. A Bible teacher for over 30 years, a radio and television personality, as well as a featured writer for magazines and newspapers, CarolMarie often incorporates humor with her passion to call us to our special place in the heart of God. A widow since 1999, CarolMarie relates to the plight widows face and yet has experienced first hand the transforming presence of God that lifts off shame and moves all types of widows into intimate relationship with Him. CarolMarie is the founder of He's My Husband International, a ministry based out of Knoxville, TN. She also serves with several global ministries that have outreaches to orphans and widows, including Widows International, Matthew 10 International, and Abiding Glory.

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Cup of Empowerment 7/09/12